Just kidding--I know you believe it. That's how they roll.
The information was revealed by the country's federal prosecutor on Friday and reported by the German media.
Syed Mustafa H., a 31-year-old Pakistani working at the German Aerospace Center in Bremen, was indicted Monday for alleged espionage.
West German Broadcasting (WDR) reported Iran's intel agency's goal was to kill Reinhold Robbe, the former president of the German-Israeli Friendship Society. He served as a Social Democratic Party deputy from 1994 to 2005 and subsequently served as the parliamentary commissioner for the armed services in the Bundestag.
This is the first reported case of an Iranian intelligence operation working to assassinate a government representative in the Federal Republic. The WDR article by Georg Heil said that Mustafa also spied on a French-Israeli professor at a Paris business college, but the professor was not identified for his or her own protection.
Another Pakistani suspect was also arrested but later released due to insufficient evidence. The suspect scrubbed his entire computer server "Hillary Style" which may have contained incriminating information. He immediately left Germany after he was released.
Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper said that Mustafa was probably working for Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. He studied engineering at Bremerhaven College and gave PowerPoint presentations to Iran's intelligence agency. But according to WDR, he communicated inaccurate information about Robbe.
Mustafa was paid by Iran for the information, according to the indictment. He put together a "movement profile" of Robbe, surveyed the society headquarters, followed him on his public transportation commute, and German authorities say that his activities was "a clear indication of an assassination attempt."
Mustafa is suspected of spying from July 2015 to July 2016 for Iran's regime. German media said his espionage activity was part of a broader operation to target pro-Israel groups in Germany, France and other European countries [because Islam is, by its very scripture, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian].